Can Someone be Allergic to Alcohol?

Dr Paul Rabinowitz Allergies

When you think of the term alcohol intolerance, a “light weight” may be the first thought to come to mind.

That’s not the case. Alcohol intolerance is a real disorder that can cause a wide range of reactions that can include: hives, coughing or difficulty breathing, stuffy or runny nose, low blood pressure or headache. These reactions can be caused by a variety of beverages including: beer, wines and/or distilled spirits.

“One of the more common reactions that you can have with alcohol is to the ethanol itself” says Dr. Asriani M Chiu MD. This is due to a lack of an enzyme that breaks down the alcohol. Watch the video below to learn more about alcohol intolerance.